Ganuelas-Rosser says racism ‘very real’ in the PBA following Guiao-Ross incident

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 20, 2018 05:57 PM
MGR: Racism 'very real' in PBA following Guiao-Ross incident
“To be criticized for our skin color is demeaning, demoralizing and should not be tolerated.” -- Matt Ganuelas-Rosser via Instagram

San Miguel forward Matt Ganuelas-Rosser has spoken up via Instagram after Friday night’s physical SMB-NLEX game that took an alarming turn after Road Warriors coach Yeng Guiao was accused of using a racial slur towards opposing player Chris Ross.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Ganuelas-Rosser, a Filipino-American, confirmed the threatening presence of discrimination in the PBA, and in the country, while also expressing his disappointment of the racism he saw firsthand during the game.

 

With everything that continues to go on in the world, regarding race and equality, this is as issue I’m saddened, but must speak about. The racist remark spoken last night, was not something new to me. As a black man, who grew up in America, myself and My ancestors, strived for our values and worth to be seen through our work ethic. To be criticized for our skin color is demeaning, demoralizing and should not be tolerated. This deep rooted pain is not something to easily empathize with, and that is why the use of racists words toward the black community need to end. These issues are unfortunately still very real for us in society, but should not be tolerated in this great league. Fil-am, fil foreigner, or local, we are one. For the thousands of Filipinos I’ve met and played with, these remarks don’t define US as people. From a father who only wants the best for his mixed children’s futures, there should be no tolerance on hate and bigotry. I can only hope from this, we realize the power or our words and we can come together to put an end to hate and discrimination.

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“The racist remark spoken last night, was not something new to me. As a black man, who grew up in America, myself and my ancestors, strived for our values and worth to be seen through our work ethic,” Ganuelas-Rosser bared, “To be criticized for our skin color is demeaning, demoralizing and should not be tolerated.”

He continued, "These issues are unfortunately still very real for us in society, but should not be tolerated in this great league."

According to San Miguel head coach Leo Austria, Ross was ejected after he reacted violently at the racial slur used by Guiao in a confrontation late in the game.

"That’s the word na he don’t want to hear from any people. According to Chris [Ross], tinawagan siya ng [n-word] or ganyan," San Miguel coach Austria bared during the post-game presser.

Meanwhile, Ganuelas-Rosser, who traces his American roots through his father, James Rosser, and his Filipino blood from his mother, Gina Ganuelas, also shared the pain of being a victim of racism, while also rallying for people to never tolerate such acts.

“To be criticized for our skin color is demeaning, demoralizing and should not be tolerated,” he said. “This deep rooted pain is not something to easily empathize with, and that is why the use of racists words toward the black community need to end.”

Guiao denied the allegation of using the racial slur, but admitted to flipping a dirty finger towards Ross after the scuffle.

“Hindi ko tinawag na N-word. Ewan ko kung may nakarinig. Pero hindi," the veteran mentor said, “Kasama na rin yun (dirty finger). Pero ano naman eh. It’s part of siguro psychological warfare. Malakas din siya mang-asar.”

The 6’5” swingman also explained that he’s especially looking for his children, and their future

“These remarks don’t define us as people. From a father who only wants the best for his mixed children’s futures, there should be no tolerance on hate and bigotry,” he said.

Ending in a hopeful note, Ganuelas-Rosser urges everyone to think of their words and actions carefully. “I can only hope from this, we realize the power or our words and we can come together to put an end to hate and discrimination.

Reacting to MGR’s stance, several Pinoy sports personalities rallied by the Filipino-American.

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